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HI all,


Having just upgraded most of my old PC, motherboard, CPU and RAM I am not trying to install windows 8.1. I have the ISO file and have made a bootable USB following instructions andusing bootcamp on my macbook pro (no access to other PC) I put my usb in a usb 2 slot and reset the computer and then choose boot device as the USB.


Firstly it seemed to freeze on the MSI initial screen (with options for pressing del and f11 for bios and boot device set up) but there was a small square roughly in the middle of the screen turning round after about half an hour it has now moved onto a black screen that says setup is starting and has been on this for 10 minutes now. Is it normal for it to take this long? From memory when I last loaded up vista it took about 30 mins or so.


My setup is a MSI Z97 pc mate mobo, i5 4690k processor and 16GB RAM, still using an older SATA hardrive which has vista installed on it, but will format that drive.


Thanks for any help :)

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Hello Dannyjebb,


I remember Windows 8 Pro taking a while installing on my notebook but cannot say for sure how long installing 8.1 should take, please take a look at the following info;


For computers that have UEFI as opposed to legacy BIOS, to be able to boot from your USB device you may need to disable secure boot and change UEFI to CSM Boot, not all computers and BIOS are the same, please refer to your user manual if you have one as the following steps are only one such example. 


Power up/restart the computer and continually tap or hold down the key that will allow you to access the BIOS on your computer and then do the following;
Select Security -> Secure Boot and then Disabled.
Select Advanced -> System Configuration and then Boot Mode.
Change UEFI Boot to CSM Boot.
Save the changes and Exit the BIOS, commonly F10.

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